The majority of cases are acute, meaning they are present for less than 6 weeks and often resolve on their own. However, if the pain or disability is interfering with your sleep, ability to work or go about your daily tasks then that is when an accurate assessment and treatment needs to be performed.
There are many different treatment options ranging from at-home management with stretching and exercises, to manual hands-on therapy, dry needling, joint manipulation and or mobilisation with a chiropractor or physio. Surgical options vary depending on the cause and severity of your pain and might include cortisone injections, laminectomy (where part of the bone is removed to reduce pressure off the nerve), microdiscectomy or spinal fusion techniques.
How Does A Chiropractor Treat Back Pain?
Conservative, non-surgical treatment is a route that most people choose to go down first before considering surgical treatment (unless it’s a medical emergency and surgery is required ASAP).
Chiropractors have evolved over the years and have started to incorporate soft tissue, muscle and rehabilitation techniques from other professions such as physio and osteopathy. In the past chiropractors would only manipulate the spine and perform no other treatment techniques (some still practice this way today). Spinal manipulation has its benefits and is a great treatment option for the right kind of patient. Not every patient will respond to spinal manipulation. The role of the chiropractor is to determine whether a patient would benefit from spinal manipulation or another treatment option.
At Prime Health Co. we use manual chiropractic adjustments to restore normal movement of the joints in the spine. We typically combine that with other treatment methods like dry needling, massage, shockwave therapy and stretching. Your bones do not go “out of alignment”, and chiropractors don’t realign the bones in your spine. This is an old outdated way of thinking. Rehabilitation and mobility exercises are prescribed to help you continue to manage your back at home in between treatment sessions.